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nap?1

?(năp)
n.
A brief sleep, often during the day.
intr.v. napped, nap·ping, naps
1. To sleep for a brief period, often during the day; doze.
2. To be unaware of imminent danger or trouble; be off guard: The civil unrest caught the police napping.

[Middle English, from nappen, to doze, from Old English hnappian.]

nap′per n.

nap?2

?(năp)
n.
A soft or fuzzy surface on fabric or leather.
tr.v. napped, nap·ping, naps
To form or raise a soft or fuzzy surface on (fabric or leather).

[Alteration (perhaps influenced by obsolete French nape, tablecloth) of Middle English noppe, from Middle Dutch.]

nap?3

?(năp)
tr.v. napped, nap·ping, naps
To pour or put a sauce or gravy over (a cooked dish) in a thin, even layer: "a stuffed veal chop napped with an elegant Port sauce" (Jay Jacobs).

[French napper, from nappe, cover; see nappe.]

nap?4

?(năp)
n.
1.
a. A trick-taking card game in which each player is dealt five cards and bids the number of tricks he or she intends to take, with the highest bidder deciding the trump.
b. The first bid of five tricks in this game, the maximum number in a hand. Also called napoleon.
2. See napoleon1.

[Short for napoleon.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.napping - not prepared or vigilantnapping - not prepared or vigilant; "the blow caught him napping"; "caught in an off-guard moment"; "found him off his guard"
unready - not prepared or in a state of readiness; slow to understand or respond; "she cursed her unready tongue"
References in classic literature ?
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you " -- here I opened wide the door; Darkness there and nothing more.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-- While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
We had lain thus in bed, chatting and napping at short intervals, and Queequeg now and then affectionately throwing his brown tattooed legs over mine, and then drawing them back; so entirely sociable and free and easy were we; when, at last, by reason of our confabulations, what little nappishness remained in us altogether departed, and we felt like getting up again, though day-break was yet some way down the future.
But Trent had not been caught napping. His stealthy call to arms had aroused them in time at least to crawl behind some shelter and grip their rifles.
I now felt safe against being caught napping by the Morlocks, and, stretching myself, I came on down the hill towards the White Sphinx.
While most people said they could see the merits of catching a little shut-eye during a lunch break, representatives of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management said they were aware of no companies locally that have official policies or accommodations encouraging lunchtime napping.
While most people queried by Lehigh Valley Business said they could see the merits of catching a little shut eye during a lunch break, representatives of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management said they were aware of no companies, locally, that have official policies or accommodations encouraging lunchtime napping.
National Napping Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated annually on the day right after clocks are set to the daylight savings time.
Hayaan na magpower nap, para sa ganoon manumbalik ang kanyang sigla at mas maging epektibo sa pagtugon ng mga problema ng ating mga kababayan [It's only natural (power napping)...
Here in the goal-oriented United States, though, napping carries a bit of stigma.